- Bicycle trailer
- User Guide
(R)evolution of a trailer
Truckload and children1920
Since ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia, people love to carry a lot of stuff from one place to another. At first they load it all on horses, donkeys or camels. Then on all sorts of carriers… One is for sure all the time – the more room you offer them, the more you please them.
The production of cargo trailers has started in early 20th century. Everybody has then tried to produce bicycles or trailers. Trailers were for example the first product ever of the British car company Jaguar in 1920s. They produced a sidecar called Swallow.
No wonder that the trailers – for bicycles or for motorcycles – have been very popular in the early 20th century. You could transport a lot of stuff in them, or just have fun to ride them with your kids.
The trailers for bicycles have been very variable then, even the sidecars would appeared in the streets, just like the nice picture from the German Bundesarchiv proves.
It has started with all of this and ended simultaneously (at least for bicycle trailers). After the WW2, the trailers were alternated with the carriers or seats. The further developement has ended, instead cars were on the move…
The first real carriers1978
The serial production of the bicycle trailers for children in a modern sence has started in 1970s in Oregon, USA. It was right there where a bicycle enthusiast Alan Scholz moved from the North Dakota. At first he opened just a shop with some bicycle stuff, but soon after that he realised that he would like to produce something on his own. And so he came up with a trailer in 1978. The twowheeler has been named Burley.
Icon from Canada1992
Soon came more twowheelers and among them one, which became a real bestseller. This time not made in USA, but made in Canada. Chariot. It was Dan Britton, a triathlonist, who came with the idea and founded the Chariot Carriers company in 1992.
He has improved it continually so that it was not just a bicycle trailer, but also a stroller. Moreover, with the ski-set you could use it even in winter on cross-country skis.
In the year 2011 Britton sold his company to the Swedish conglomerate Thule which produces it with subtle adaptations untill today.
First single wheel trailer2001
With the first single wheel trailer for bicycles came German designer Florian Weismann, whose specialization are bicycle frames. It was in 2001 when he manufactured the first prototype of a trailer which was both – lightweight and above all one-wheeled.
It´s just a trailer, but also a great idea. Today produces him the German company Tout-Terrain.